An unprecedented version based on the well-known TRK502, but with new aesthetics, different engine and different chassis has been homologated in China.
Latest news is that the 75 horsepower road enduro will have front and rear cameras.
That the new Benelli enduro road will arrive soon is certain. In fact, it is not the first time that unofficial images circulate and last April the Benelli TRK702 was registered in China with the Ministry of Industry and Transport.
It is believed that the new bike is currently destined only for the Chinese market, where the two Benelli TRK502s and the QJMotor SRT550; with identical engine and chassis platform of the Italian TRK; and SRT800, which is close relative of the new Benelli, are already on sale.
The TRK702 should therefore be positioned between the 500 and 800 models in a class that sees several models among which the Yamaha Ténéré 700 is the best known but certainly not the only one.
With smaller dimensions than the 800, and imagined with an adequately spaced price, it will strengthen Benelli's presence and who knows that there may not be the conditions for a similar operation in Europe too.
The twin-cylinder in-line engine has a displacement of 693 cc and is already used on some QJMotor models, meeting European emission standards.
It delivers 75 horsepower at 8,750 rpm and maximum torque of 6.7 Nm at 6250 rpm.
The chassis is based on a steel tube trellis frame with aluminum alloy swingarm, upside down fork and central rear suspension.
The wheels, spoked and suitable for tubeless tires, are 19 inches at the front and 17 at the rear, but there should also be a more street-oriented version with a pair of 17-inch wheels. A bit like the TRK502.
The curb weight is indicated at 220 kg and the maximum speed in 190 km/h.
New patent drawings add some more information on the structure of the new “702” and reveal the presence of a front and rear camera.